PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago were left with an uphill task of reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup after slumping to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Suriname, in the opening game of the Caribbean Football Union qualifying series here Wednesday night.
Following a goalless first half at the Ato Boldon Stadium, the hosts fell behind in the 76th minute through a Guno Kwasie strike but equalised five minutes later thanks to a Tyrone Charles bombshell.
With all to play for in added extra time, Ivanildo Rozenblad netted in the first period to break Trinidad’s hearts, and leave their qualification hanging by a thread.
“We knew it would not have been an easy game. In football there are no easy games,” head coach Tom Saintfiet told a post-game media conference.
“I think for the first 70 minutes we played in a good organisation and could create a lot of opportunities from there. If you count the amount of corners we had and the danger we create out of these corners, it was quite a lot. The only problem is we didn’t score out of these chances.”
T&T suffered a blow prior to kick off when striker Cornell Glen was injured during warm-up and ruled out of the contest.
However, the hosts had the better of the exchanges in the first half but failed to really seriously threaten the Suriname goal.
The winner of the qualifying series will face the fifth placed side from Central America in another playoff which will determine the final place at this July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in United States.